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Dispatches from the California Front

California Here I Come!!!!

  • Posted: April 14, 2016

Youth for Bernie

How come The Donald gets all the attention? The Bern has got some good ideas and unlike The Donald, he believes in what he says.

  • Posted: March 24, 2016

The Fault, Dear Brutus . .

Election 2016 A tongue in cheek look at the candidates?

  • Posted: February 9, 2016

Requiem for an Engineer

  It’s the end of the year. The holiday season has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, an uncontrollable rolling sequence of deadlines, commitments and strange dead spots in my life. Expectations, spoken and unspoken, were thick in the…

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  • Posted: December 31, 2015

The Benedict Option

A stranger in a strange land is becoming an apt description of a Christian in the modern world. What are we to do?

  • Posted: November 30, 2015

The Obama Administration – A Retrospective

The end of a second term is when we see the man behind the Presidential mask. The end of the Obama Administration is in sight. Who is this man?

  • Posted: October 26, 2015

A Matter of Trust

It is in our heart to help those in need of a hand, but sometimes we feel like we are being conned.

  • Posted: September 29, 2015

Strange Bedfellows

Watching the sitcom, Modern Family, on network television fires a prophetic vision of future sitcom possibilities.

  • Posted: May 18, 2015

Is God Imaginary, or just Unreal

My hipster sensibility loves tee shirts with a message, both obscure and ironic.

  • Posted: March 20, 2015

A New Dawn

Pictured is a hydrothermal vent at the bottom of the ocean. What does it have to do with Dawn?

  • Posted: March 6, 2015
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    The Twelfth Department
    By William Ryan

    What happens when we forget, or never bothered to learn, what we believe in and why we believe? What happens when the emotional whirls of Facebook and Twitter are the depths of our understanding? Evil, great evil, is regularly found lurking in the unexamined depths of good intentions. Mathew Arnold put our present political climate in memorable words years ago:

    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Novels, good stories, provide a lens to see life, including our beliefs, without camouflage. As an example, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the finest Bible commentaries ever written. Progressive political ideals may lack in recent electoral success, but have undisputed possession of today’s moral high ground. And while death and taxes may be the only sure bets, the eventual victory of those holding the high ground have very good odds in any battle.
    And so fiction provides a look at eventual victories. There is no question that the outlines of today’s progressive agenda can be clearly seen in other times and places. William Ryan takes us to a time and place fondly imagined, idealized at the time, by the forefather’s of todays progressive leadership. In The Twelfth Department, we see a police captain in 1930’s Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev is just a man trying to be a good father, a good citizen, a good police officer. In many ways Alexei is a fortunate man, with a good reputation and many more material advantages than the average citizen. But a high profile murder brings him into ambiguous circumstances. The tone of the book is respectful of life in Moscow, with no axes to grind. It is just a portrait of a man trying to do his job, bringing a gruesome killer to justice, among ordinary human beings seeking only to live normal lives in a progressive paradise.

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